John and Edie Machonis have been visiting and investing in Maui for 10 years. Each year they stay for several months and volunteer weekly at our Lahaina distribution during their stay. When I asked why, John told me, “A big part of the social justice ministry at our church back home is feeding the hungry.”
It is our volunteers who transform Feed My Sheep from simply a place that gives away food to a place where clients become friends and feel love instead of shame when they are in need. Volunteers carry out hard and important work in the front lines and behind the scenes with joy, kindness and encouraging acceptance.
Below you'll find a few of the stories of volunteers who have made Feed My Sheep so successful.
Kenny and Jackie Ching, long-time volunteers, have made the Wailuku distribution a part of their Saturday mornings for 6 years. As Kenny shared, “We’ve seen people change. Now when we ask for prayer needs they ask to pray ‘Thank You that you folks (Feed My Sheep) are here.’”
When Feed My Sheep opened a new distribution in Kihei, Bill Beverford was one of the first people to receive training and step out into the Hope Chapel parking lot to serve. He’s seen the 10 families served that first Saturday grow to over 80 families served on some of our busiest weeks.
Nancy heard about Feed My Sheep through her small group and came not knowing what to expect, but she says it was fun from the very beginning. “There are jobs for all comfort levels.” She started pre-packing food and now hands out produce She has even bravely helped at the sign-up desk.